With school out in Central Florida, students who are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch will now be losing at least one important meal.
The start of summer brings an increase of families searching for food assistance at local food pantries.
Brenda Reddout, Director of Alleviating Hunger, Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is asking the community to step up to the plate and increase donations to meet the increased need.
“The summer season is always a time when food insecurity hits an all-time high,” said Reddout. “It’s a triple storm of hardship. No free lunches, fewer donations because of summer travel plans and more families needing help.”
Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, serves a network of nearly 200 partner agencies. They specialize in providing nutritious food to residents who are high risk for food insecurity.
The donations will go a long way to ending hunger.
“Every box, bag and can of food counts. They all make a difference and help us to prevent one more person from going to sleep hungry,” said Kim Long, director of Agape Food Bank.
The most needed food items are canned goods, including: meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.), pasta (whole wheat), rice and beans, dry cereal, shelf stable milk and peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred and no glass items, please.
Food Bank and Pantry Locations:
Semoran Food Pantry
1771 N. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32807
Agape Food Bank
625 McCue Road Unit 2
Lakeland, FL 33815
Lakeland Food Pantry
1801 E. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
Winter Haven Food Pantry
532 Ave. M. NW.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Volusia County Food Pantry
207 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Brevard County Food Pantry
5145 N. Cocoa Blvd.
Cocoa, FL 32927
Also, check your local parish for food pantries.